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this is bbc news. the headlines at eight. hundreds of thousands of people march through barcelona in a show of unity with spain and to protest against catalan independence. the prime minister calls for new measures to deal with complaints of sexual harassment against members of parliament. that's after an investigation is launched into the international trade minister mark garnier following his admission he asked his secretary to buy sex toys. heathrow airport says it's confident it remains safe, after details of security procedures were found on an unencrypted memory stick. could a collision on the first lap at the mexican grand prix delay lewis hamilton's world champion dream? in halfan in half an hour, the travel show heads to lapland and croatia. good evening and
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welcome to bbc news. hundreds of thousands of people have been demonstrating in barcelona in support of a united spain. it follows the national government's decision to take direct control of catalonia, after regional leaders voted to declare independence on friday. in the last few hours, spain's foreign minister has said that the deposed catalan president, carles puigdemont, could run for re—election in december if he has not been imprisoned by then. his comments come as spain's chief prosecutor prepares to file criminal damages against mr puigdemont — who has said he does not recognise the orderfrom madrid removing him from power. our correspondentjames reynolds is in barcelona. this may be spain's most profound crisis in decades but there is a certain order to it. each side here demonstrates in turn. this afternoon, the anti—independence movement had its say.
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catalonia's pro—spain movement is emerging from its recent quiet. these are the people who want to stay inside spain. they make up around half of the population of this region, and they insist that they are both catalan and spanish. and you are catalan? i am catalan from my grandparents, my parents are cataan, and i am my parents are catalan, and i am catalan and spanish and european. so you don't want to leave? i don't want to leave at all. "catalonia is spain", these kids write. catalans are divided at this moment. this is very sad. can you get back together? yes, i would like it very much. because i love catalonia, i love spain, and i love europe. i want to be in europe. for years, these people have felt overshadowed and overridden by pro—independence campaigners. they now see this as their chance
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to change the balance of power in catalonia. this crowd celebrates the government's sacking of catalonia's pro—independence authorities. for the first time in four decades, this region is being ruled directly by madrid. what do you think about the measures the spanish government has taken? i think we have to take these measures, and we don't want to arrive to this situation, but i think we have no option. i am catalan, 100% catalan. i live in madrid. i came to demonstrate and to please keep together with spain. "jail to carles puigdemont", the sacked catalan leader, the crowd chant. "put him in prison", this woman says. "put away all the pro—independence politicians".
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he has to go to prison. he's like a dictator. "we will vote", chant the crowd. local catalan elections will take place in december, an opportunity for this side to pick leaders who want to stay with spain. so far here, direct rule from madrid has not notably changed life in catalonia. but a much greater test will come tomorrow, at the start of the working week. will those sacked catalan leaders decide to turn up to work, to try to continue theirjobs? and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are the economics commentator and author dharshini david and the home affairs editor of the london evening standard, martin bentham. complaints of inappropriate
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behaviour and sexual harassment by mps have now led to a government minister being placed under investigation. the international trade minister mark garnier has admitted asking his secretary to buy two sex toys, describing the incident as "good—humoured high jinks". meanwhile, theresa may has written to the speaker of the house of commons, asking him to look into a new system for staff to report inappropriate behaviour. here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. in recent days, westminster‘s been braced for fresh claims of impropriety. today, the trade minister mark garnier was the subject of a newspaper report. it said seven years ago, he used derogatory language to a former secretary and once asked her to buy sex toys. mr garnier said this was taken out of context, calling it "good humoured hijinks" that did not constitute harassment. nonetheless, the government was quick to act. these stories, if they are true,
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are obviously totally unacceptable and the cabinet office will be conducting an investigation as to whether there has been a breach of the ministerial code in this particular case but as you know, the facts are disputed. but what i would say is that there are mums and dads who have daughters who are politics students, hoping to get a job in westminster and they must be able to be confident if they get thatjob, their daughter will not be subject to some of these behaviours that we have been seeing. last week, the labour mp jared 0'mara was suspended after apologising for sexist and homophobic comments. here, it's accepted this is not a party political issue but there is a problem. the prime minister says current disciplinary procedures don't have enough teeth and she has written to the house of commons speaker, calling for a new system for grievances. labour and conservative mps have said a clear system to report concerns might help, but there is recognition that a change in culture is needed and that is harder to achieve.
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some hope renewed debate about sexual harassment may mark a turning point, so what people once felt they had to put up with will no longer be accepted. long serving mps say while more must be done, things have changed compared to the way they once were. it was partly to do the fact it was a very male environment, 650 mps when i went there, just 20—odd women. it's partly to do the idea that all these men are away from home. it's partly to do with the fact there were eight bars and very long hours and the bars were open for as long as we were sitting. and partly the notion of what happens in westminster stays in westminster. it was worse. it's a little bit better now but there's a long way to go. claims of sexism, even scandal, may have dogged this place for decades but now parliament is having to examine and change its practices. public scrutiny perhaps forcing higher standards from politicians. alex forsyth, bbc news, westminster. earlier i spoke to alex forsyth
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who explained how the prime minister hopes to help combat the issue. what she is effectively saying is that she does not think the current procedures in place are robust enough, if you like. at the moment, as you say, there's a 24—hour confidential helpline which can give people advice. there's also a parliamentary standards commissioner, people can refer mps to them if they think they have breached the code of conduct but aides and researchers are directly employed by mps and mps are effectively self—employed so there is no across—the—board hr system. what theresa may is saying is that she thinks there should be a mediation service and a contractually—binding grievance procedure so that there is some way for concerns to be raised. there's two problems for the prime minister and indeed the wider government. i'm sure you have been hearing from victims and charities like we have and campaign groups here on the bbc news channel and their complaint is they want to hear the prime minister doing more about the wider issue
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across the whole of society, notjust in the corridors of power at westminster and they want to know why this has been going on for so long and only been dealt with now. i think the allegations we have had in recent days have largely been anonymous, apart from those that have been made today. lots of them have been not officially complained about and not put forward as official complaint. i think what we are seeing plays into a culture that has existed for a long time, that people are now realising it is something that should not be tolerated any more and the labour leaderjeremy corbyn said as much yesterday. he said this kind of sexism and misogyny is not confined to one institution or one sector. it is widespread across society. but now the focus is on westminster and so the prime minister, the leader of the opposition, in fact, all politicians are very keen to be seen to act now, especially when we have the public debate as it is which for some people i think might help focus minds about what is and is not acceptable. officials at heathrow insist they're confident the airport remains safe despite a memory stick containing
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confidential data reportedly being found on a street in west london. the sunday mirror says information concerning the queen was on the unencrypted device, as well as files on safeguards for cabinet ministers and foreign dignitaries. a little earlier, i asked our correspondent danjohnson, who's at heathrow, if any explanation had been offered about how this could have happened. no, that is the key question for the investigation that is now getting under way. it is a memory stick, something like that, just a tiny little thing no bigger than your finger but containing lots of information and some really sensitive information. it was found in a street in west london and taken by the chap who found it to a library where he plugged it into a computer to see what was on it and then was able to freely access all of this sensitive security data about the airport. maps that showed cctv cameras and the routes that people like the queen and cabinet ministers and foreign dignitaries would take, driving into the airport and then the routes they would take through the terminal to get to their planes. there was data about what kind of id
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is required to get into different parts of the airport and details about tunnels that are under the terminal and the runway, the kind of tunnels that connect to the railway lines that run under here. all sorts of sensitive information that could be really useful to anybody who was plotting something sinister here at the airport. they have emphasised there has been a security breach. been no security breach. the man who found it handed it to the sunday mirror and they alerted the airport. there's now an investigation but some embarrassing questions need to be answered about how that data was downloaded onto a memory stick like this without anyone knowing, why it was taken from the airport and crucially, why it was not encrypted to keep it secure. as you mentioned, dan, lots of embarrassing questions need to be asked. how is this information used? what is it used for? who is in charge of that kind of security? there is a huge security operation at heathrow, the busiest airport in europe,
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obviously, the biggest airport in the country. it is surrounded by different security measures, not just the cameras. you only have to come and set up a tv camera and you are instantly pounced on by armed police. it is one of the most sensitive and secure sites that we have. this will be seen as an embarrassing lapse in security. this is the sort of high—level detail that is shared amongst the airport authorities and the police, special branch, when they are planning something like the visit of the queen through the airport, if she is getting a flight but also more routine, day—to—day information about the kind of id that different members of staff have and the timing and details of security patrols around the airport perimeter. lots of information on this memory stick of different kinds. the key question will be who downloaded it, what were they actually doing with it? did they have a lawful right to download information and take it away from the airport? if they did, why didn't they take more measures to make sure that it was secure?
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even just losing a memory stick like that is bad enough, but to not have the information on it, such sensitive information protected, i think really will be seen as a security lapse and they are trying to get to the bottom of exactly who was responsible and why they were doing it. a 16—year—old boy has died after a suspected drugs overdose at a halloween rave in north wales. north wales police say he is believed to have taken ecstasy—type tablets described as pink, square shaped, with the rolls royce rr symbol on one side and 200mg on the other. they have also urged anyone with information to come forward as the investigation is at a very early stage. it's been reported that the bbc has suspended the radio 5live presenter george riley, following claims by a number of women about his behaviour. he presents coverage of rugby league, snooker and darts,
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and is a regular voice on radio. the bbc says it can't comment on individual staff members. thousands of drivers are driving thousands of drivers are breaking the law by driving their diesel cars without pollution filters, experts have told bbc 5live investigates. nearly 2,000 cars have been found without filters since 2014, but it's thought the number is much higher. it is illegal to drive without them but many cars which have had the filters removed go unnoticed during mot tests. the driver and vehicle standards agency says it plans to improve the tests next year. the headlines on bbc news: hundreds of thousands of people have been marching through barcelona in a show of unity with spain and a protest against catalan independence. the prime minister calls for a review of disciplinary procedures of the international trade minister mark ghani admits asking his secretary to buy sex
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toys. heathrow airport says it is confident that it remained safe after details of security procedures we re after details of security procedures were found on a memory stick lying in the street. the sport team are busy, all eyes on lewis hamilton at the moment. how is it going, jess? it's been a very distinct scum grand prix and that is where we will start. good evening, everyone. such drama and the mexican grand prix, lewis hamilton hoping to clinch a fourth word title of course. the race started with sebastian vettel‘s red ferrari colliding with hamilton's silver mercedes and as a result, they both needed to pick on the opening lap, leaving them way down the field. currently max verstappen leads the race and sebastian vettel is in sixth and hamilton is in 11th. 18 laps of the 71 remaining. calculation is all very confusing but we have worked out that sebastian vettel needs to finish second with hamilton tents or
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lower for the finish second with hamilton tents or lowerfor the german finish second with hamilton tents or lower for the german to keep finish second with hamilton tents or lowerfor the german to keep his title hopes alive, otherwise the title hopes alive, otherwise the title goes to lewis hamilton. we will keep you up—to—date later. 0nto football and both the leicester and everton managers were taking charge of their teams for the first time in the premier league this afternoon. claude puel‘s leicester were victorious, leaving david elsworth's everton languishing in the relegation zone. the side with a new manager against the side with no permanent manager and on top of that, both leicester and on top of that, both leicester and everton are biting the points down at the bottom. but with the script set, only one side looked like they wanted to win this, demarai gray was the game's standout performerfrom the demarai gray was the game's standout performer from the beginning. demarai gray was the game's standout performerfrom the beginning. having already gone close himself, he then began the move for the first goal which jamie vardy finished. a familiar sort of leicester move for an unfamiliar face familiar sort of leicester move for an unfamiliarface in the dugout. but it got even better for claude puel‘s side. everton's season summed up puel‘s side. everton's season summed up shortly after. demarai gray given the goal although jonjoe kenny
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helped him significantly. everton should have had the chance to get one back. the referee felt this was not a penalty but most others felt it was. but in truth, everton did not do enough to try to reduce the deficit, idrissa gueye with an effort as good as any they could muster. these are worrying times for everton, a fourth successive muster. these are worrying times for everton almost h successive muster. these are worrying times for everton almost inevitable. e muster. these are worrying times for everton almost inevitable. but for seemed almost inevitable. but for the home side, a new manager seems to bring out the old leicester. tim hague, bbc news. the day's other premier league match was an all south coast of their web writing came from behind to draw 1—1 with neighbours southampton, glenn murray with the equaliser. in rugby union's premiership, gloucester snatched a dramatic 22—21victory against bath, a thrilling end to the west cou ntry against bath, a thrilling end to the west country derby as gloucester recorded their first league away win since march. patrick geary has more. ina roman since march. patrick geary has more. in a roman city, between rivalry, perfectly preserved for the next generation to enjoy. this was
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predicted to be a west country arm wrestle a nd predicted to be a west country arm wrestle and reality was more relay racing for the first half. willi heinz with the bat on and the dip for the line. bath's reply unfolded over a longer distance, jonathan joseph with the first leg, then anthony watson and finally rokoduguni, recently overlooked by was a game of unexpected surprises, ta ke was a game of unexpected surprises, take big john afoa's turn was a game of unexpected surprises, takt sleight in afoa's turn was a game of unexpected surprises, takt sleight of l\foa's turn was a game of unexpected surprises, takt sleight of hand. turn was a game of unexpected surprises, takt sleight of hand. willi heinz was a game of unexpected surprises, takt sleight of hand. willi hei were there again, soon gloucester were four ahead. five minutes to go, and with the rhetoric and one, bath and rokoduguni, off the pitch, trained tank driver, on it, a bulldozer. it seemed the telling try to everyone and bath were still in but as they got past a bulldozer. it seemed the telling try to everyone and bath we re telling try to everyone and bath were still in but as they got past 80, no room for artistic impression, gloucester just had to 80, no room for artistic impression, gloucesterjust had to get the ball to the line. whether ed slater had was down to the video referee. it was down to the video referee. it was a try. now in 0wen williams kick divided victory and defeat. a rivalry of 135 years, decided in the very last seconds. patrick geary, bbc news. victory for gloucester and in the
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day's other game, leicester saw off newcastle 30—13. they go up to third in the table. just before we go, an update on the grand prix, sebastian vettel is now up grand prix, sebastian vettel is now up to fifth, but of course he needs to finish at lisek and to have any chance of stopping lewis hamilton clinching his fourth world title today. hamilton is currently in 11th, after the two cars clashed in the first lap, hence they are way down the field. 15 laps to go but as it stands, the world title would go to lewis hamilton. that is all the sport for update you on sport for now. we will update you on that story throughout the night on the bbc news channel. back to you. the government is changing the rules around paying child support, so parents can no longer use a legal loophole to avoid their responsibilities. people have been able to avoid payments by putting their money in a joint account with a new partner. the department for work and pensions says it hopes the change will lead to nearly £a00,000 a year in additional child
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maintenance being collected. earlier i spoke to our correspondent laura tra nt. she began by explaining how some parents are using the loophole. what is currently happening in some cases is parents can take, money can only be taken from a bank account that is purely from that one parent, but some people are cheating the system and getting around that by having a joint account. earlier this year, the bbc obtained figures that said that 1.2 million people are owed child maintenance. that is the uk backlog of £3.8 billion in uncollected payments. some experts don't believe that in practice this will make much difference. that includes the divorce and family lawyer vanessa lloyd platt. i personally don't think it will work because it will be too expensive to enforce and naturally people are going to say the money in the account is mine and proving otherwise when there are so many ways to get around it is going to be nigh on impossible.
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i totally accept that a lot more has to be done to stop what we call serial offenders that keep avoiding paying child support and one thing paying child support and one thinks is that it is at the lower end of the scale but actually, it is with very wealthy people getting away with it because they are self—employed and think that their finances can't be fully investigated. there are two sides to the story of course and what has the reaction been? gingerbread is a charity that supports single parent families and they say this is a positive step forward and they have been campaigning about this maintenance issue. as for what the government is saying, they are saying that there are safeguards in place which include money will only be taken from the joint account when a paying parent does not have an account of their own or there is not enough money in their account and another safeguard is that only funds belonging to that parent will actually be deducted. police are appealing for information after a suspected acid attack
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on a group of doormen in salford. officers were called to the white hotel nightclub in the early hours of this morning after a man, who had earlier been asked to leave the club, returned with a knife and threw an unknown liquid at door staff. two men are currently in hospital receiving treatment for burns. their injuries are not said to be life—threatening. nicola sturgeon is to apologise on behalf of the scottish government to gay men convicted of now—abolished sexual offences. the first minister will make her statement next week to coincide with new legislation to grant automatic pardons to those affected. the law will also allow the removal of such crimes from criminal records. catriona renton reports. until 1981, all sexual activity between men was a criminal offence in scotland. the law was then changed to decriminalise sex between men over the age of 21. in england, that law was changed in 1967. but it took another 20 years for the age of consent
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to be reduced to 16. last month, the first minister nicola sturgeon announced a new bill that will automatically pardon all men, alive and dead, convicted of these crimes. she will publish this and make an apology at holyrood on the 7th of november on behalf of the scottish government for the treatment of homosexual men under previous governments. by offering you this ring... gay marriage became legal in scotland in 2014. but looking to the past, the scottish government said the new bill will give justice to those criminalised simply because of who they loved. those who have convictions will also be able to apply to have them removed from central records. in england and wales, there is no automatic pardon, except for those who died before february this year. those who are living will receive a pardon after their convictions have been deleted because the secretary of state is satisfied that the conduct is no longer criminal. catriona renton, bbc news.
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it may be one of the world's most advanced economies, but america has historically high numbers of people who can't read and write. illiteracy levels are more than 8%, nearly double the rate in the uk. that's 16 million people who can't read and write, with many having gone through the education system. aleem maqbool reports now, from kentucky. backborn... do you see an r? michaeljohnson says not being able to read left him an outcast for much of his life. and it affected his ability to do even the simplest of tasks at work. my employer told me to go locate this box that had a certain writing on it. i would not know how to locate that box, because i wouldn't know how to correlate the writing to the box. i would know that there were letters on the box, but i wouldn't know how to read the letters on the box. it's not that michael didn't go to school, he did, but what he faced decades ago
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still affects so many children in america today. right across this country, there are an astonishing number of people who go right through the school system, even graduating from high school, without ever learning to read. there are now more than 16 million american adults who are functionally illiterate. a proportion of the population that compares badly to other developed nations. but why? there is huge inequality when it comes to education standards in america. with rich districts and poor ones often having startling differences in school resources. there is a rectangle... for peggy, who is learning to read to help her children, there were other factors, too. what stopped you from learning to read? my parents and the schools. they didn't want to help me get more learning. so, they sent me in special ed, and they thought that was going to help, but it didn't.
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it is a common complaint here that the system does not deal well with those who need a little extra help. i think sometimes we soften our expectations, and think that that is doing a service to the child. but in reality, what we are doing is, while it might build up their self—esteem for a little while, it doesn't really help them become a contributing member of society. to this day in america, someone's economic background, which can often mean race, and learning difficulties still play such a massive part in whether they get so starkly left behind. aleem maqbool, bbc news. the governor of puerto rico has called for a cancellation of a controversial contract with a small energy company to restore power on the island after hurricane maria. ricardo rossello says he wants to see repair teams brought from florida and new york, rather than the monta na—based whitefish energy firm, which was awarded the contract without a public bid process. the company is based in the hometown of the us
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interior secretary ryan zinke, who has denied any wrongdoing in relation to the deal. more than 70% of puerto ricans are still without power, five weeks after the storm. the winner of the royal institute of british architects' most prestigious award — the stirling prize — will be announced on tuesday. the nominations to become britain's best new building 2017 include a rejuvenated seaside pier on the south coast of england, a london housing development and an extension to the british museum. today, we look at the studio of the fashion photographer jurgen teller by 6a architects. essentially, jurgen wanted a studio, a place to work. but in his world, that is quite a few different things. it means shooting photographs of course and also making books, making exhibitions, as well as receive lots of people. so that is where the idea of several buildings and several gardens,
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so somewhere where lots of different types of shoots can happen in a very natural setting. jurgen used to share his home with a studio. we wanted to make this new building have the same kind of moments of intimacy. so he still has the kitchen table, which is where he meets clients and where he works. there is a library, there is a sauna and a gym. there is a kind of private inner world to the studio and then there is the big studio in the middle where he lays out and does shoots and things. and then there is the public building at the front, which has different collaborators and staff and an archive. there is equality between garden and internal space all the way through the building. it is a really beautiful part of it. that really reduced material palette that has texture but allows it to be background, and jurgen's work and photography to be the foreground always in this space. there is a quality of light, both within and in the gardens, which is almost archaic. and i think that makes
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an amazing setting for the work thatjurgen does. i am using every single centimetre of the space. and i have photographed every bit of it and it is tremendous fun, it is like a haven of quietness and freedom and madness. it is just brilliant. for me, it's excellent. and you can see all the nominated buildings on the bbc arts website and find out who is the winner of the riba stirling prize for architecture live on the bbc news channel next tuesday between 8.30 and 9pm. don't be alarmed by the neck story but we have just been hearing from the wild animal kingdom in wales, who have issued an alert on their facebook page, and i think we can
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show it to you, one of their young eurasian lynx has escaped. this is what we look like, twice the size of a normal domestic cat, the people just north of aberystwyth and in the surrounding countryside, peace be on the lookout for a large cat with a stu bby the lookout for a large cat with a stubby tail, a juvenile, tan and white coloured, with dark spots on her back and legs and she has got to tell no more than six inches long, if you spot, please don't approach, phone the police or contact the zoo straightaway, said the facebook page. apparently they have excellent eyesight. there's never been any recorded attacks on humans by these animals even though their teeth look quite sharp... they are asking people to be vigilant and try to help bring her back to the zoo. they are quite solitary animals as well and they tend to come out in the dark so... happy searching! people

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